Thursday, March 22nd 2007

Fujitsu First to Offer Solid State Drives in LifeBook Notebooks

Solid State Drives and Rugged Cases Create More Durable Mobile Solution

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/19/07 -- Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation today introduced the first pen-enabled notebooks with solid state drives (SSDs). The LifeBook P1610 and LifeBook B6210 ultra-portables will offer an option for an SSD, an advanced NAND flash-based replacement for traditional hard disk drives. Fujitsu also introduced a rugged case for added durability and reliability. The rugged-enhanced notebooks, designed for optimal portability and data protection, are ideal for medium-sized and large organizations within vertical markets, including healthcare, aviation, and field service, which require a light and compact, but highly durable mobile computer.

The 2.2-pound LifeBook P1610 convertible touch screen notebook and 3.2-pound LifeBook B6210 touch screen notebook are now offered with two flash-based SSD configurations, 16 GB or 32 GB. SSDs offer lower power consumption, added ruggedness, high reliability, and improved performance.

In addition to providing significantly more durability and data protection than traditional hard disk drives, there are no moving parts to fail or heads to crash. SSDs are noise free, generate virtually no heat and weigh half as much as traditional notebook hard drives.

SSDs also offer faster performance and quicker boot-up time because data access is virtually instantaneous. Unlike traditional hard disk drives there is no need to spin the platters up to speed, no seek time, and no rotational latency. SSDs also read two times faster and write up to 60% faster than other hard drives. In addition to the added durability all of this translates to a much faster experience and longer battery life.

The LifeBook P1610 notebook and its predecessor, the LifeBook P1510 notebook, can be further fortified in tablet mode with an optional 3/4-inch thick flexible Santoprene case. The case, which provides access to all ports, offers additional protection against accidental drops, bumps and the rigors of a day on the road.

"On-your-feet workers need to protect their tools without interfering with the product's usability or adding significant cost," said Paul Moore, senior director of mobile product marketing, Fujitsu Computer Systems. "By offering SSDs along with rugged cases, Fujitsu provides a superior solution for environments where rough handling of notebooks is inherent in the workplace."

The LifeBook P1610 convertible notebook, a light-weight powerhouse packed with full PC functionality and an 8.9-inch indoor/outdoor touch screen, is designed for on-the-go mobile professionals who require the flexibility of a tablet for note-taking or navigating through forms-based applications, along with the traditional keyboard input of a notebook computer. The LifeBook B6210 notebook, popular in fast-paced, forms-intensive workplaces, is equipped with a bright 12.1-inch XGA display offering the flexibility of touch screen input and the productivity of a notebook computer.

Price and Availability

The SSD for the LifeBook P1610 and B6210 notebooks will be offered with 16GB and 32GB storage capacities and available to corporate customers and agencies on a project-basis. Contact or 1-800-831-3183 for pricing and availability. The rugged tablet case for the LifeBook P1610 and LifeBook P1510 notebooks, priced at $139(1), is available through the Fujitsu direct sales force, website and channel partners.

Service and Support

The Fujitsu LifeBook P1610 and B6210 notebooks are backed by a one- or three-year International Limited Warranty for U.S. and Canadian customers. The International Limited Warranty(2) includes technical support, 24 hours a day, seven days a week(3), and unlimited online chat support. In addition, Fujitsu offers other warranty plans designed to meet the unique needs of mobile users. See Fujitsu Computers for further information. Source: Fujitsu
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Bird of Prey
Any chance that some of these drives will mitigate to the pc? Be nice to have something that would last longer than a hard drive.
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